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Are Hybrid Apps Taking Over?

By Josh Galde | May 28, 2013

CATEGORIES: Mobile Quality

Recently, Kerry Butters wrote an article on the advancement and future projections of mobile hybrid apps in the marketplace. This is something we have been hearing from our customers. While we aren’t finding that it is a one or the other approach (aka Native VS HTML5 view), we do see a continued need for hybrid app development as organizations struggle to provide the highest quality of app possible, with feature-rich experiences, combined with a stringent delivery system forcing them to meet certain requirements by the carriers and app stores.

In Kerry’s article she writes “According to the latest research from analysts at research firm Gartner, hybrid apps will be used in over 50% of mobile devices by 2016.

This is due to the growing use of HTML5-based web apps which unlike native apps, do not have to use multiple versions of an app for different devices. However, HTML5 with offline capabilities haven’t really come up to scratch, causing developers to consider using hybrid architectures.”

"The BYOD trend and the increased pressure on organizations to deploy mobile applications to accommodate mobile work styles of employees will lead businesses to manage a portfolio of mobile application architectures, and hybrid architectures will be especially well-suited to business-to-employee applications,” said Van Baker, research vice president at Gartner.

Gartner also predict that mobile devices will overtake PCs as the most common way to access the internet by the end of the year and by 2016, PC shipments are expected to be less than 50% of combined tablet and mobile shipments.

"The implications for IT is that the era of PC dominance with Windows as the single platform will be replaced with a post-PC era where Windows is one of a variety of environments that IT will need to support,” said Mr Baker.

It’s also thought that a wide range of internet-capable devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs and wearable devices will become much more popular.

"While hybrid apps will be the majority of enterprise mobile apps, web technologies like HTML5 will make up the most commonly used languages for building mobile applications by 2015,” said David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

"We recommend organizations are open to augmentations to the Web (such as hybrid Application Development) to deploy on mobile today, with the goal that more should be done without those augmentations after 2015,” said Mr. Smith.

"Organizations also need to continue to develop web technology skills, find the right uses for promising new technologies and approaches like HTML5, and deal with the uncertainty and speed of the consumer-driven mobile landscape. All the while it’s important to maintain IT governance while increasing productivity and usability.’”

A full copy of the report Predicts 2013: Portal and Web Technologies can also be found on the site.

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